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Stepping Stone

by O.C.P.

Published May 20, 2008


«Three/four releases a year is the average production coming out of João Ricardo's lab, making him a very busy artist and producer. Even with such a rate of releases, quality is not an issue, as João - aka Operador de Cabine Polivalente (OCP for short) always makes really interesting works.

'Stepping Stone' is one more of those works. Again, João takes the 'single piece' approach for added immersive experience. The piece shapeshifts through its thirty-two minutes and a half course, filled with highly textured sound palletes. A focused listener will find at least three distinct 'movements' in this piece, or better yet, three core ones with an additional smaller interlude-ish one. The second main movement is an organic symphony made from string notes colliding and overlapping themselves into repetitive loops. The final and last movement - and my favorite - starts with a dub ambient approach to a sci-fi drama; dense and heavy and glitchy, and rapidly turns into a full glitch/field recording/improv. long finale, with warm, rubbed-out edges of awesomely (is that a word?) well made ambient.
Someone once wrote in a review that there's never a dull or boring moment in João Ricardo's works, and that never was so absolutely and undeniably true as it is now.» - Pedro Leitão


Run time 32:30

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